VAN (FOX 51) — According to officials with Van ISD, at the conclusion of the Concealed handgun license training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon.
With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg.
The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment.
The injury is not life threatening or disabling.
This comes just one month after Van ISD's Board of Trustees voted to allow guns on campus.
On January 23, 2013, the board authorized specific school employees will carry certain firearms on school property, at school events, and at board meetings.
Van superintendent Don Dunn tells FOX 51, the district wants to make sure they're doing everything they can, to keep kids safe.
Van was the second school district in East Texas to allow guns on campus at that time.
Union Grove passed the measure one week before they did.